Section Two – Gunnawarra to Collinsville


Passing through vast remote cattle stations in the steps of our pioneers, travellers develop a special fondness for this isolated section of the Trail. It follows lonely roads along the wide stock routes to the ghost town of Ravenswood, and the massive Burdekin Dam, then follows the rivers to Collinsville, a large inland mining town. This section is mostly easy flat travelling but extreme care should be taken in the wet season when most rivers flood and flash flooding is common and in dry conditions when feed and water may not be available.

Expect hot, dry conditions in summer.

Expect hot, dry conditions in summer.

Location Map GB2

Location Map Guidebook 2


Advanced. Not suitable for novices.

Climate and Weather

Humid tropical – hot, humid summer, warm winter in coastal areas. Tropical cyclones may be expected during the summer wet season.

Tropical savannah – hot, dry summer, warm winter in inland areas.

Summer travel is not recommended. Break camp early and avoid travel during the heat of the early afternoon.

Drought may affect this section. During drought conditions there may not be water or feed for horses.

Floods may affect this section.

Always check conditions before travelling.


Varies from flat to undulating with no steep climbs. Travel by mountain bike and horsedrawn vehicles is feasible.


Route is entirely along (sometimes barely) trafficable roads.


Water may be scarce during the dry season. Each day’s travel is planned not so much on distance but on availability of water.

During drought conditions, water may not be readily available. Dams may be dry and parts of this section will have no surface water.

Planning Considerations

Trekking through this section is usually best in the cooler months between May (if the rivers aren’t still flooded) and August.

Much of this area does not have reliable mobile phone coverage. Trekkers should plan on making contact with Section Coordinators and land owners from a town.

Landowners should always be contacted before attempting this section.

Trekkers on this section must be self-reliant and be prepared to carry all necessary feed, water, equipment and safety devices.


All traversable by mountain bike and recommended.


I climbed up over the Thornton Ranges and from some of the peaks I could look down on the lagoons of the Coral Sea. Once on the crest of the ranges I could see my next port of call some

Danny Seymour


The next two days of riding were magic, with great stopping places for morning tea and lunch to give the horses a break, relaxed trails to follow, homesteads and properties nestled among the hills and feed and room for taped

D Bailey


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